Two misfit best friends, Dar and Tuck, leave their dying coal mining town with only one goal in mind - to reach sunny California and hook up with some beach babes. On the road, they meet gun crazy outlaw Annie and she takes over.

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Annie
Marji Martin ...
Ma Frazier
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Dar
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Tuck
Tiny Wells ...
Pa Frazier
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Cora
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Bud
Marie Antoinette Bresadola ...
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Mark Carlton ...
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Scott Casey ...
Redneck in Gas Station
Pete Concha ...
Elderly Indian
Lionel Croll ...
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Cindi Dietrich ...
Girl in Trans-Am
Anthony Duran ...
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Two men from Pennsylvania give up hope in their small run down coal mining town, and head off in search of the beaches of California. The two steal cars as they travel across the USA and are joined by a wild young woman. Written by Rob Hartill

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During production, director Ken Friedman and Hemdale's chairman John Daly suffered a major falling out over the way the film should be edited. Determined to have the film shown as he intended, Friedman showed the film uncut at Cannes in 1987. Daly threatened to have him arrested if he'd have shown his cut publically again. During the fall-out, New Line Cinema made an attempt to buy the film, but the deal fell apart. The Daly-approved cut was shelved for one year and a half, before finally dribbling out on VHS in November 1988. Friedman's cut of the film never surfaced. See more »

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Tuck and Dar
Written by Sonic Youth
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Copyright 1986 Euphonius Music/Savage Conquest Music
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A different kind of look at Americana
31 August 2009 | by (Long Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

This is not just a road movie about two wild young men who are destined to go to California, who steal cars and everything else on their way to get there. It's not just a movie about Lori Singer being a hot looking, crazy chick. If you think it is, then you missed the real point of the movie. While those things are in the movie, they are the stories of a few, of many people, who have survived after seeing the decaying of their homes, brought on by industry and commerce.

The scenery shots are amazing to me as they show a real side of America that you will never see in any travel brochure. Almost every scenery shot was beautiful and flawed at the same time. The two towns that were evacuated are real. Times Beach MO. no longer exists, but the land that once was that town has since been cleaned up by the EPA, and is now a state park. The coal mine fire is still burning under Centralia PA. to this day.

I can't say that I fell in love with any of the characters in the movie. That might be it's main flaw, but I thought the part with the Lori Singer and the coyote was beautiful. It was in fact a coyote, not a wolf. It was, after all, in New Mexico.

Overall, I am glad I saved this movie on the Tivo. I almost didn't though, because I was expecting it to be a dumb party flick like "The Wild Side". I was very happy to find out that I was wrong.


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